Refashion Runway: And The Winner of the Peplum Challenge is…..

Refashion Runway Season Two3

Before I announce the winner, I would just like to say that all of the seamstresses were very brave this week, they all stepped out of the box, tried something new and created some beautiful peplums for us.

 Congratulations to Carissa from Carissa Knits. Her beautiful, self drafted peplum dress came in first place this week in both the on line voting and the competitors scores.

She started with this:


And transformed it into this:


Wow, great job, Carissa!


But now we have to move onto the hardest part of the competition- Saying good-bye to one of our new friends. Excuse me while I grab my box of tissues…..

It’s not really good-bye, it’s more “see you later” Magda, from House of Estrela. I hope you all have visited Magda’s awesome blog and will continue to be inspired with all of her sewing projects for both adults and children.


Before she goes, let’s take a look at her amazing leather creation:

“Contrary to last week, I was excited for the leather challenge. Working with this material wasn’t new to me. I have actually done a few things in the past, with leather and vinyl… I knew exactly what I wanted to do from the start. I am mad about corsets. I wanted a new one for such a long time. So I did one.

b4 & after

I drafted a pattern. This video helped me to draw the corset pieces. I didn’t make
mine exactly like the one from the tutorial, but it was very helpful with the
measurements, and I was able to adjust them to the design I had in my mind. Since
the jacket was big, I had plenty of fabric to work with, I used basicly from the
bottom and am hoping to use the rest for something in the future.


Instead of adding a zipper to the back I wanted it to look as a waist cincher, so I
marked my eyelets holes and inserted them. Instead of lining I have add some bias to
finish the piece. It wasn’t really bias tape you know, it was a scrap left over from
a shirt. I cut two stripes from it (on the before picture above), sewn them together
and attach it to corset as being bias tape. It worked.


I am happy. We’re done. And
that’s it! My leather challenge. See and read more in my blog. Thanks!”-Magda

Be sure to check out Magda’s free PDF pattern and the Spring Blazer sew along Magda is hosting over at House of Estrela.


original pattern

To thank Magda for all of her hard work, we are sending her with a prize package from Heartland Fragrance.

Heartland Fragrance

Coming up next:

Refashion Runway: The Leather Challenge

About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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26 Responses to Refashion Runway: And The Winner of the Peplum Challenge is…..

  1. Sorry to see Magda leave. That leather bustier is so awesome! Can Tim Gun use his one save on her?

  2. Congratulations Carissa. You had my vote, and, obviously, a lot of others. Well done!

  3. cucicucicoo says:

    What a shame that Magda couldn’t participate with her corset. It’s gorgeous! Lisa

  4. Magda E. says:

    Congratulations to Carissa! Well diserved! Me being out wasn’t a surprise! I was expecting it. I really enjoyed my time on the competition. Beth, thank you for those words and for sharing my blazer PDF pattern and sew along. If there’s time I’ll still sew along with the two remaining themes. =D

  5. knotrune says:

    Once again, I am wishing this was not a voting off system as I am impressed by this corset. Maybe next time we could have a different scoring system so everyone stays in and the winner is just the one with the most votes overall? But they are all good and it is so hard to pick any 🙂

  6. Desarae says:

    Congratulations, Carrisa, on the win! I’m so sorry to see Magda go! And I agree with knotrune, I think it would be great to have a system that totaled up the scores at the end and kept all the competitors in- I think Magda would have won the leather challenge hands down! 😀

  7. Jo H. says:

    Count me as another who would prefer a system based on total scores for all the challenges. This would allow a person to have a less successful week but still get credit for their strong weeks. The most creative and skilled competitor overall would rise to the top by the end, and we wouldn’t have to – horrors! – have fewer refashions to inform and entertain us as the weeks went by!!!

    There is just SO MUCH TALENT in these ladies, and all of them are excellent at styling and modelling their refashions as well.

  8. Congratulations, Carissa! Your dress is amazing. I am really sorry to see Magda go. I think she’s a very talented seamstress. I love, love, love her leather refashion.

  9. Debra says:

    Congrats Carissa – Magda, your leather piece is beautiful. I am with Heartland Fragrance – (the soap company) and would invite you to look at our website to see if there is anything that catches your eye! I have a prize package for you but will be happy to add to it!
    Debbie – Heartland Fragrance

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